Daily Archives: November 13, 2009

Long Arm of the Law

LBC Members: Ashok, Conrad, Gaelikaa, Helen, Judy, Magpie 11, MariaMarianna, & Ramana and I are all ready to cogitate & deliberate our thoughts on Lawyers the topic chosen for us this week by Ashok.

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The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing ~ Will Rogers

Make crime pay. Become a Lawyer ~ Will Rogers


This is week 19 of LBC posting, and for the very first time I was completely stumped by the topic.  I do have experience with Lawyers… I actually worked at one time for the Court Service, and the young man responsible for my title ‘Grannymar’, is and was a very successful Lawyer in Dublin.   Trawling through the back corridors of my brain, no story was forthcoming.

In desperation I got the Scrabble game out… Taking the word Lawyers I used the letters as tiles to see where it might take me…   law  laws  way wear  ye  yes

Almost at the stage of giving up, my email pinged this morning and the day was saved!

Now a little background information is needed…..

On 30th October this year, I had a healthy flow of emails throughout the day.  One in particular caught my attention.

I’m a freelance journalist and I got your email address from Darragh Doyle who I was in contact with about an article I am writing for the Irish Times. The article is examining the question what happens to a person’s digital assets (ie websites, blogs, social media accounts, email etc) after they die.

It went on

I was quizzing Darragh on his thoughts on the matter as a well known blogger and social media activist and he mentioned that you had discussed with your daughter as to what should happen to your excellent blog if you died.

Would you be possible for you to tell me more about this?

I have indeed discussed this very aspect with Elly… Well it went something like this.

I did have a conversation with John, gave my views on the subject, and links and contact information to others who are more knowledgeable and have indeed spoken or written on the subject.

So my email today was to let me know the article has appeared in The Irish Times today and also mentioned in John Cradden’s Blog.

Perhaps it is a subject you have not given thought to.  If not, then now is the time to think ahead.

This Little Piggy

To aid me in my aim to live longer, I went for my swine flu jab yesterday.  They had it down to a fine art.  The appointment was for 11.28am.  I was seen on time by the practice nurse and the whole thing took about two to four minutes.  In fact the longest time was spent sitting in the waiting area after the shot, 15 minutes was suggested, to make sure there was no adverse effect.

I have listened to many conflicting reports about the whole swine flu saga in the past few months.  Worries about how many injections are needed, side effects, and of course the usual horror stories that go the rounds at a time like this.  I have decided to share with you how I found the whole procedure.  It was painless, and it was FREE thanks to the NHS.

There were two nurses in the surgery one sat at the computer screen with my records on view.  The usual checks were made.. name, age, present conditions and if I have had any confirmed severe allergy to previous vaccines or from exposure to egg products.

Both nurses took notes of the name of the vaccine used, batch number & expiry date, the arm injected, to days date, and my name.  I was given written record to take away with me.

There are two different brands of vaccine – Pandemrix and Celvapan.  The Pandemrix vaccine is prepared in hens’ eggs in the same way that seasonal flu vaccines are.  The Celvapan vaccine is not prepared using eggs.  Many people given the Pandemrix vaccine will need one dose.  People who have the Celvapan vaccine will need two doses three weeks apart.  People who have a severely compromised immune system are given the double dose vaccine.

All vaccinations can produce side-effects such as redness, soreness and swelling at the site of the injection.  Flu vaccines can cause symptoms like fever, headache and muscle aches, but they are much milder than the flu itself and usually only last a day or so.

The information is available here in alternative formats and other languages.

So folks if I am still alive… I’ll be back at the new time of 3pm GMT for the latest episode of Loose Blogging from the Consortium.